NCVER has released the outcomes of the September 2010 forum on adult language, literacy and numeracy The forum aimed to identify knowledge gaps and contribute to the future research agenda and policy directions. The forum was attended by researchers, providers and adult literacy and numeracy experts from government departments, industry bodies and the Productivity Commission.
Adult literacy and numeracy is a big issue in Australia. The Adult Literacy and Life Skills (ALLS) survey shows that around half of Australia’s adult population has literacy and numeracy skills below the minimum level required to adequately function in an advanced economy. Low levels of skills have been found to have negative impacts on productivity, social participation and general health and wellbeing.
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